After the screening, filmmaker Julia Reichert joins the audience for a live Q&A via Skype

Controversial upon its release, the first feature-length film of the modern women’s movement looks at female socialization. Growing Up Female peeks into the lives of six women, ages 4 to 35, and the forces that shape them: teachers, counselors, advertising, music, and marriage. The film was widely used by consciousness-raising groups to generate interest and help explain feminism to a skeptical society. Viewers now have a chance to see how much has changed since the 1970s—and how much remains the same.

Followed by Union Maids
(Directed by Julia Reichert, Jim Klein & Miles Mogulescu, USA, 1976, 48 minutes) The fight to form industrial unions in the first half of the 20th century is covered in the stories of three women who leave rural farms for jobs in Chicago. The women recount their experiences of working 14 hours a day in factories where management had all the power, while workers—especially women and minorities—had none.

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Digital preservation and the restored 16mm prints made possible by the Women’s Film Preservation Fund of New York Women in Film & Television.

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Saturday, March 7, 2020 7 p.m.

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Julia Reichert and Jim Klein
Running Time
80 minutes
Digital and 16mm, Color